Party Guide

Childrens' Parties in Edinburgh

Most parents make a concerted effort to ensure that their child's birthday party is as special as possible; some revel in the excitement whilst others can feel overwhelmed by the scale of the occasion. There are, seemingly, never ending lists to contend with, possible trepidation over the entertainment and the additional responsibility of looking after a room full of children! For some, having a party at home is just not an option, so what are the alternatives?

Renting a hall doesn’t have to be cripplingly expensive, shop around and see what is on offer. There are far more venues available now to host a child’s party than ever before. A lot of businesses cater specifically for children’s parties so be sure to check out your neighbourhood to see what’s available. Soft play centres are a great place to host an event as the many activities provide the entertainment and generally tire the little darlings out.


Many swimming pools and training pools do catered children’s parties with staff on hand to provide both safety and water games. Football parties can be held indoors if the venue is big enough. Painting parties, where children get to decorate mugs and plates, are so popular that there are plenty of high street shops to choose from. The added bonus of a painting party is that all the guests get to have a personal souvenir of the day.


Local cinemas, and indeed larger chains, can be a great place to hold a slightly alternative party. If you give them plenty of advance notice they will be able to set aside part of their café/entrance area for the children to congregate for cake once they’ve finished viewing the film. Some cinemas will lay on cake and refreshments, while others are good enough to let you bring your own. The latter kind of cinema party is the perfect way to keep costs down. Most cinemas have a Saturday morning kids’ club where individual tickets are a fraction of the normal cost.


The best way of keeping down expenditure is to share it with another parent or parents. Apart from the financial benefits, joint parties between children whose birthdays are close mean that the guests won’t have to turn down one party to go to another. Themed parties are very popular for the under 11s – there are the old favourites, Pirates, Princesses, the Wild West, Superheroes – especially Batman and Spiderman and then the latest crazes. At the moment the Disney film Frozen is still holding sway in the playground. Most supermarkets and dedicated party shops have a range of paper plates, napkins, table clothes and bunting that cover all but the most obscure themes.


But what should be put on the paper plates? Many of us obsess about child nutrition and making party food ‘balanced’. Instead keep things simple with old-fashioned ‘party food’. You can’t go wrong with sandwiches, cocktail sausages, crisps and, of course, cake. Home baking has been undergoing a major revival recently but don’t worry if you don’t have the time, or the inclination, to make the cake yourself – there are a huge variety of reasonably priced cakes available from bakeries, the local supermarket and even specialist cake makers.


As for games - the most popular are as old as time - Musical Chairs, Pass The Parcel and Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Don’t worry about using fancy wrapping paper for Pass the Parcel – old newspapers will do. If games aren’t enough entertainment for your little guests then you need to think about hiring a professional whose job it is to keep kids happy! The entertainer doesn’t have to necessarily be a clown or a magician – face painting is always a popular option.


Whatever route you decide to take, be sure to take a look through this party guide or get a recommendation from other parents...


Midlothian Snow Sports Centre

Tel: 0131 445 4433

Snow tubing parties at the Midlothian Snow Sports Centre are great fun and available for kids and adults every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Premium tubing parties are available on the purpose built tubing runs and now, zipping down the hill in an inflatable tube is made even easier with the brand new travelator. Junior tubing parties take place on the nursery slope for children aged 4-12 years, where they can sit, spin, and go backwards, and even hold on to the person next to them. After an hour of snow tubing, enjoy a choice of delicious party food in the Cafe 360. Free party bags are provided. Join in the excitement and book now!


Maddie and Mark’s Play Town

Tel: 0131 343 3289

Get the party started! Maddie and Mark’s Play Town at Ocean Terminal makes the perfect party venue. They have a fantastic range of themes to suit the tiniest children right up to the teens - from Baby and Toddler, or Pirates and Mermaids; to Chocolate Fondue, or Pamper parties - and plenty more! At each party there will be a dedicated host, delicious food and a delightful view. What more could you want? To get your party started email or call the number above


Step It Up Dance

Tel: 07428 110 135 

Add originality and style to your child’s special day with an award-winning Step It Up Dance party. Offering a huge range of parties for tots to teens in many different dance styles and with overwhelmingly positive feedback from previous customers, families can rest assured that their child’s dance party will be a huge hit! Step It Up Dance parties are highly active with original dance-themed party games, fun choreography and routines, creative storytelling for younger children and an exciting performance for parents and carers. Kids are rewarded at the end of the party with personalised certificates and a medal for the birthday child.


Almond Valley

Tel: 01506 414957

Tractor rides, a play session in Morag's Meadow and meeting the friendly farm animals are just a few things that make a birthday party at Almond Valley exciting and different. Almond Valley offer exclusive use of one of the party rooms for two hours that will be decorated with balloons, badges and tooters. A tasty, traditional or healthy birthday tea will also be served to party guests. If required, Almond Valley can also provide goody boxes. 


Edinburgh Leisure

Tel: 0131 333 6333

Organising your child's special day can be a big job, but EICA: Ratho has it covered with fantastic party adventures in an amazing venue for children aged 1 to 16 years. EICA: Ratho will take the pressure off and help run everything from start to finish so all the parents have to do is choose the party, choose the food and relax! Themed options include climbing parties, Scrambles softplay parties, Rock Tots playroom parties and toddler softplay parties.

Packages include a designated party host from start to finish, downloadable party invitations, a wide choice of tasty and healthy food options from sharing platters to set menus, tasty treats for the grown-ups and music or you can give your host your own MP3 player. To make a booking email or call the number above.



Tel: 0131 229 1399

Doodles offer a great party package for up to 30 children in its Marchmont studio. Glaze, Acrylic or Decopatch parties are available at £11 a head or there is an option to customise a party to suit individual budgets. Popular party items to decorate are ceramic animal figures, fairies, trinket boxes, plates, mugs and bowls, and there are hundreds of items and colours to choose from. All glaze fired pottery is ready in 3 days’ time however decopatch and acrylic items can be taken home on the day. There are also "take home" party kits enabling children to celebrate at a venue of their choice! Doodles cater for all ages and abilities and have hosted parties for 1 - 90 year olds.


Lamp House Music

Tel: 01620 825630

Providing an incredible experience as real Pop Stars, groups of friends, aged 8 years+, can enjoy 2 hours of singing and recording fun, in the modern rehearsal and recording studios of Lamp House Music. Party guests can choose their favourite songs - anything from pop to ‘Frozen’ – rehearse with lyrics and backing music, then with the help of a professional sound engineer, lay down those tracks! Party packages also include a photo shoot, a party tea, VIP passes, a CD for every guest, a single CD of photographs plus fun and friendly staff to host your party. Lamp House Music is renowned for its music lessons, music schools and fun activities.


East Links Family Park

Tel: 01368 863607

For a fun filled and stress free birthday party, East Links Family Park is an ideal location. There are plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy such as trampolines, soft play, go-karts, a train safari, farm animals, a ball blast arena, a massive multi activity Fortress and the new JCB arena. The party package includes unlimited use of the parks facilities, a reserved area in the picnic barn, a free animal feed token per child and all day long fun.


Yoo Star

Tel: 0131 448 2170

Record what you like at Yoo Star’s professional studio which is also used by a number of chart topping Scottish acts. Yoo Star caters for everyone from friends having fun, to demos for record companies. Party guests can dress up in the glamorous dressing room for a photo shoot, experience the thrill of being on stage in the funky rehearsal room, see themselves live on TV, enjoy a backstage rider (cake and goodies), sit in with the engineer as they mix songs or enjoy the comfort of the VIP lounge and have a professionally designed cover featuring the party group


Potter Around

Tel: 01506 238961

Potter Around’s countryside location just on the outskirts of Edinburgh is the perfect place for a party. Why not organise a pottery painting party based on a theme such as fairies and mermaids, animals, pizza parties or afternoon tea parties? The children can paint in acrylics and take their goodies away that day or paint in underglaze and leave them to be glazed and fired. Potter Around also organises Arty Parties where painting on canvas brings out the Picasso in the party goers. Or perhaps jewellery making is more preferable? Fun Fimo parties are also popular. If you want scents with your creativity - why not let Potter Around organise a lip balm and bath salts party? You can find Potter Around at Overton Farm, Kirknewton, EH27 8AH.


Beano the Clown

Tel: 0794 807 0569

Beano the Clown offers shows that combine magic, juggling, balloon animals, songs and games, lasting one or two hours, and aimed at children under 5; and he has shows for the over five’s too! Beano has a show for toddlers that involve songs, juggling, magic and balloon animals. Beano entertains at children parties, school shows, in nurseries, and at corporate events.


Time Twisters Play and Party Centre

Tel: 0131 308 2464

Edinburgh’s award winning kid’s birthday party specialist - most recently the overall winner of the Primary Times Reader Star awards including Best Indoor Play Centre and Best Party Venue - offer a wide choice of parties and options to ensure all guests have “The Greatest Fun in History”. From Soft-Play to Make-A-Bear and Laser-Tag parties, the Time Twisters party team knows what it takes to make a child’s special occasion a delightful and memorable experience for everyone, as parents can relax and enjoy the day as much as the children.


Gladys Chucklebutty

Tel: 07971 946708

A professional entertainer since 1996, Gladys Chucklebutty performs in shows all over the UK. She can also provide families in Edinburgh with the complete stress free party entertainment package - as soon as she arrives parents can sit back and unwind! Gladys’ kids party packages are tailored to suit all pockets with all-inclusive prices and provide excellent value for money. Party packages include invitations, a special trick for the birthday child, free balloon models and sweets for all children, prizes for the games and great magical entertainment!


Go-Kart Party

Tel: 01506 792046


Go-Kart Party provides a fun filled driving experience for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 10 years old, in a safe controlled and friendly environment. Each activity is fully supervised by fully trained operators.

Go-Kart Party provides birthday parties, fund raising events, school open days or community gala days which can be held indoors or outdoors at various venues throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. To provide your children or community with an action filled event they will never forget contact Go-Kart Party.


Hair by Asha

Tel: 07904 608656  
Hair by Asha is a great, reliable and affordable mobile hairdresser who has 9 years experience with one of Edinburgh's top salons. Asha is available for children's birthday parties and weddings. In addition, if you fancy a new look or treat, Asha offers a range of services from blow-drys to colours - from something simple to a complete new look. There is a 10% discount for new clients.